The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery. Purchase this game to get both the original and the Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux.
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2014

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“A story told with a level of cleverness and elegance rarely seen in games.”
9/10 – GameSpot

“Leaves you with several amazing memories; moments that you will want to talk to your friends about for hours.”
9/10 – EuroGamer

“One of the best games of the year.”
9/10 – US Gamer

About This Game

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE: By purchasing the game, you actually get two games now: 1) The original The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, 2) The Unreal Engine 4 remaster called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux. Please see this link for details.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game that focuses entirely on exploration and discovery. It contains no combat or explosions of any kind. If our game leaves any scars, we hope you won’t be able to see them.

You play the game as Paul Prospero, an occult-minded detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter. Realizing the boy is in grave danger, Paul arrives at Ethan’s home of Red Creek Valley, where things turn out to be even worse than he imagined. Ethan has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder, which Paul quickly discerns might not be the only local murder worth looking into.

Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.

Still, the discoveries won’t happen on their own, or without your help. Using both Paul’s supernatural skill of being able to communicate with the dead, and your own powers of observation, you will discover the mystery behind a trail of corpses, the roots of a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley, and the fate of a missing boy.

Key Features


  • Explore and interact with the beautiful yet ominous world of Red Creek Valley, which was created with the use of revolutionary photogrammetry technology that allows for nearly photorealistic environments.
  • Communicate with the dead and see how they died in order to gather clues that help you piece together the truth behind Ethan’s disappearance -- and the fate of his family.
  • Experience, in non-linear fashion, a story that combines the pleasures of pulp, private eye, and horror fiction, all of it inspired by writers such as Raymond Chandler, Algernon Blackwood, Stefan Grabinski, and H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Conduct the investigation on your own terms and at your own pace. Although there are a few scary bits in the game, players will have no need for sedatives. Our game is less about terror and more about clammy unease.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 9 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX9c compliant
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Darius
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Peculiar and mysterious. Absolutely stunning visuals.!!! In this game, you'll see some of the most realistic environment pieces ever created. Highly recommend it
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blitzkriegfmf
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
wait until it is on sale, this game is too short to be worth the price. however the storyline is a vaccum, sucking you into this world of mystery, fear and disgust. it is incredibly puzziling at first but once you understand the format it is a joy.
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J McCoy
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Paul Prospero, a detective with paranormal abilities, receives a curious fan letter from Ethan Carter, a young boy who is disturbingly aware of the supernatural. Ethan's letter brings Paul to the fictional Red Creek Valley, where Ethan's family resides. Already aware that Ethan is missing, Paul begins to explore Red Creek Valley and investigate its dark secrets...

The previous introduction to the story was copied and pasted from the game's wikipedia page since it compresses the story nicely. In my opinion the story was absolutely intriguing from start to finish. It kept me interested and wanting more. During the game you can see how it was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. That fact gave me some nice cold shivers. The game left me with wanting more after the 4 hour long adventure. Even though 4 hours is a short time for a game, I think it was worth every second of it.

The introduction should also give you an idea about what you are doing in this game. You investigate the happenings of Red Creek Valley to hopefully find the missing boy, Ethan Carter. The gameplay itself is pretty straightforward. You have to find missing objects and return them to where they originally were to reveal visions from the past. These visions will tell you what happened at certain places. That is the gameplay in a nutshell and it is actually very relaxing. At least most of the time.

This is where the game really surprised me. The graphics and the soundtrack. The game has some unbelievably gorgeous sceneries and buildings that look very unique and realistic. You can't just walk past them without staring for a moment or two. The soundtrack contains some well made music that will have you relaxed and sometimes on the edge of your seat.

Nutshell

Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sounds and music: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Conclusion

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a short yet an extraordinary game that will impress you with its graphics and enthrall you with an interesting story. I was eager to keep on going and I could've completed the game on one go, but I had other things to do. So if you are looking for a good story, graphics and soundtrack then this is the game for you. I just hope that the developers (The Astronauts) are planning on making more games like this. I bought this game from the summer sale of 2015. I feel like I robbed the damn studio.

9/10

"An adventure unlike any other"

Please let me know if I missed anything. You are also free to give me your own opinions! :)

Thank you
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Anna Victoria
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This game, while frustrating at times, is gorgeous visually, and the story is impeccable. A must play for any and everyone.
10/10 Well Done. That Ending....
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Master Chobbs
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
Can't say that it was bad, but it was just dull and lifeless. Hoping for alot more puzzles actually, but the whole game felt very bare bones. Can't say I cared for the story either. Nice game to look at however; enjoyed some of the mystery and loneliness. Truly I'd say avoid it unless it's on a deep discount - another "bite sized" game that's just too barebones for my palate.
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hosui
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Pros:
-Beautiful graphics
-Interesting puzzle concept. You're pretty much playing CSI.
-The house puzzle was pretty cool once I figured out what the hell I was doing.
-All the short stories are interesting.
-Got to go into outer space.
-Voice acting isn't too bad.
-Great unsettling atmosphere.
-Music really sets the mood.


Cons:
-A bit buggy while I was trying to solve the puzzles.
-No option to save at will. You'll have to redo things if you need to quit before it's autosaved, which only seems to happen after solving a puzzle.
-While an interesting concept, the CSI type puzzles get super easy after the first one, since they all follow the same steps.
-Although realistic in distances between things, it gets old really quickly when you have to walk forever to get back to a place. That mine didn't need to be 10 flights of stairs down.
-Story line was really confusing until you got to the end, and then it's kinda a lame explanation for it all.
-Too short for the price I paid, imo.
-Says it doesn't hold your hand, but I was most frustrated just finding where to go for the next puzzle. The puzzles themselves seemed to outright tell you where to look for things to solve them.

All in all... it's not really a bad game. I just feel disappointed in what I got for the price. I feel like the CSI type puzzles could have been more in depth.
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rg1866a
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Very beautiful, atmospheric, and cerebral game. While some classify it as a 'horror' its more of a slow-burning ghost story - there's much more exploring and story build-up than action or 'gotcha' scares. Great game for anyone looking for something new in the indie genre that takes a lot of time and patience to get through.
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MrHi23 (STAIRWAVE)
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
This game is beautiful. The Graphics are Immersive! there is almost 0 Gameplay except some minor puzzles but that doesnt matter. not only once you will stop with your Jaw dropped. Next is the story and it is just Mind Blowing. its intense and sad, the ending is also great. I can recommend it completely if you are into Mystery first person exploration games.
If you ask yourself if you want to play the Redux or the first version of this Game, let me say the Redux version gains you double the FPS on Max settings and doesnt loose that much Visuals. for more Informations, check out my Benchmark comparison: https://youtu.be/epm7N79ghfk
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Puppeteer
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Love the art and game play.....if you want some itresting game play mecanics play this game.
5/5
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Eмоцијата
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Walk over here, check out this 4k texture rock.

Good game to play at 4am in the middle of an insomnia session.
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MidgetBoy
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Nevermind the length of this game because it is absolutely one of the most beautiful games you will ever play. Memorable, atmospheric, and hauntingly immersive at every turn of the game. Many will call this a straight-forward "walking simulator" and for the most part it is just that. Throughout the game you play as a detective named Paul Prospero who investigates into the disappearance of a young boy named Ethan Carter. Without spoiling a single thing, you pick up pieces of what may have happened to him by solving murders throughout the valley of Red Creek. In order to solve these murders you must figure out in which order the individual murders took place by identifying clues and placing them in the correct order. It may sound simplistic but you must use logic and careful inspection of the area in order to successfully figure out what happened for each murder. Other than the murders to investigate, the game boasts one of the most photo-realistic graphics I have ever seen. Just strolling through the area is breath-taking and convinces you that you are in a real place. The draw of the game in general is the story and its ending, which not only sums up the game neatly but also makes your head spin. This game sets a very high standard for any so called "walking simulator" because it is able to completely immerse you throughout its length. In conclusion, I highly recommend you buy this game, if not only just to screenshot a part of the game’s landscape.
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Modranto
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Picturesque Red Creek Valley conceals a haunting, unearthly tale that is short but worth your attention.

Many have called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter a walking simulator and I can't really argue with that. I am, however, entirely OK with it. It's an impactful, atmospheric experience to hike through this painterly landscape with events going on around you that regularly blur the line between the supernatural and the mundane. The violence in this game is, in fact, more affecting since you as the player never swing a sword or fire a gun.

Puzzles await you at numerous locations in the valley. They use simple mechanics, mostly to good effect. This game isn't trying to be a full on puzzle game, there aren't enough puzzles for that, but what's there generally does a good job of keeping you thinking and feeling involved. A few of them did frustrate me though. Keeping things vague, there was an instance where the missing piece that I needed was a smallish object on the ground that I didn't realize I could pick up until it was highlighted as I stumbled over it. Another case left me unsure where to go when a small drop in water level opened up a new path that wasn't sufficiently obvious.

Clocking in at five hours for a thorough, 100% completion playthrough, this game's biggest weakness is that the journey ends too soon. I switched from the Redux version to the original for a second time through and this time finished everything in 110 minutes. I noticed little difference between the two versions. No change in the story or puzzles and the visuals were about the same. The save system in Redux is superior and the default camera movement controls were also preferable in Redux. Unfortunately, with the mysteries of the story unraveled, my second go-round lost much of the magic. There isn't much replay value here unless you just want to look at the scenery, which may very well be worthwhile in VR, but I can't comment on that from personal experience.
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snapppped
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Amazing graphics (ran smoothly with max. settings on Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M) and perfect soundtrack - this game is really immersive and if I had an Oculus Rift I would really love to try it with this game. I played this in ~6.5hrs without trying to break any speed records... which might be considered short regarding the price.
It took me while to fully understand the main characters special ability and how to use it - not sure if it was just me being too stupid or if a little tutorial in the beginning would be called for.
I liked the puzzles which I think could be a bit more complex - but on the other hand more straight forward puzzles can avoid a lot of frustration for the players and difficulty is a very subjective thing...
The story is great and in the end everything suddenly made some sense - even though a lot of players won't like the ending.
If there was a sequel - I'd get it immediately. (9/10)
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rutra80
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
I haven't finished this game yet (though I do like what happened so far), but it deserves a big thumb up for the graphics alone. They're breathtaking.
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LP| Light Saber
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
Graphics in this game are so real, when I was AFK doing homework with this game on I got a tan from the sun. 10/10
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Burnthippie
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Amazing game, didnt expect much when I started. Got one of the best gaming experiences of my life.
10/10
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1oon
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
No doubt this is a great gaming experience and I hope we'll see more of these.

That said it its far from perfect, perhaps it lacks some content, that is, it's a little short if you're paying full price. The finale also leaves you feeling a little disapointed, although in part due to the way it pulls you into the story.
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filip ♥ darcia
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
NOTE! I've played the Redux version.

Audio9/10
Graphics9/10
Gameplay7/10
Story7.5/10
Time to beat3hrs
Summary
8/10

PROS
  • Amazing graphics
  • Really good audio. Music and all of the enviromenta sounds are great.
  • Pretty good localization and dubbing.
  • Immersion at its highest level.
  • Visual effects
  • Game gives you freedom. You are on your own.
  • Decent story with little twist at the end.

CONS
  • Characters' animations are noticably worse than any other aspect of the game.
  • It is sometimes hard to think up what are you supposed to do.
  • Voice with mouth movement is poorly synchronized at least in polish localization.

STORY
You play as a detective on his last case. You're investingating "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter". Througout your case you find several murders. All of them of Ethan's family. You are trying to solve each of them. On your way you're finding Ethan's stories. When you finally find the vanished one it appears that all of that was just a creation of his imagination. You are the creation as well.
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whodatlikedat
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This game is super atmospheric and the plot is really gripping
From what I can tell so far anyways
I haven't played much cuz I'm a wimp and I get scared.
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More8
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I personally was disappointed in this game. Another example how the masses love something that if you are looking for unique experiences you should not follow the masses... The game has got gorgeous visuals and atmosphere and some unique style gameplay elements and storytelling but the cake is only pretty on the outside, for me at least. There is a buildup of tension and atmosphere here towards a 'great' mystery which halfway starts to turn into as inspiring as the dev. teams previous games; the painkiller series.. Sure if you find Star Wars the force awakens or the rebooted Star Trek franchises 'inspiring' then I'm willing to bet you be wondering what's my problem with this game as for you it's got very unique and lovely way of being. But if you are not the person who accepts the norm as default and sometimes, just to break the mundane that we so often enjoy otherwise, you wish to try something truly different, you will not in my opinion find it here other than by presentation. The beginning is great though as you are given a taste of something that seems like it's going to turn out different than what we've seen before. This game is short too.. If Alan Wake had these graphics and sounds, it would trump all over this one, despite not being that original in itself either. Still that is a more balanced experience over this one in my opinion. This game had sooo much potential, wish they had followed it through.

Having said that, Don't take just my word for it. It's a matter of personality and opinion which are as diverse as mankind itself. There are different ways of interpreting this game and the point that there is that room for interpretation should at least be applauded for.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Nevermind the length of this game because it is absolutely one of the most beautiful games you will ever play. Memorable, atmospheric, and hauntingly immersive at every turn of the game. Many will call this a straight-forward "walking simulator" and for the most part it is just that. Throughout the game you play as a detective named Paul Prospero who investigates into the disappearance of a young boy named Ethan Carter. Without spoiling a single thing, you pick up pieces of what may have happened to him by solving murders throughout the valley of Red Creek. In order to solve these murders you must figure out in which order the individual murders took place by identifying clues and placing them in the correct order. It may sound simplistic but you must use logic and careful inspection of the area in order to successfully figure out what happened for each murder. Other than the murders to investigate, the game boasts one of the most photo-realistic graphics I have ever seen. Just strolling through the area is breath-taking and convinces you that you are in a real place. The draw of the game in general is the story and its ending, which not only sums up the game neatly but also makes your head spin. This game sets a very high standard for any so called "walking simulator" because it is able to completely immerse you throughout its length. In conclusion, I highly recommend you buy this game, if not only just to screenshot a part of the game’s landscape.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Walk over here, check out this 4k texture rock.

Good game to play at 4am in the middle of an insomnia session.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Picturesque Red Creek Valley conceals a haunting, unearthly tale that is short but worth your attention.

Many have called The Vanishing of Ethan Carter a walking simulator and I can't really argue with that. I am, however, entirely OK with it. It's an impactful, atmospheric experience to hike through this painterly landscape with events going on around you that regularly blur the line between the supernatural and the mundane. The violence in this game is, in fact, more affecting since you as the player never swing a sword or fire a gun.

Puzzles await you at numerous locations in the valley. They use simple mechanics, mostly to good effect. This game isn't trying to be a full on puzzle game, there aren't enough puzzles for that, but what's there generally does a good job of keeping you thinking and feeling involved. A few of them did frustrate me though. Keeping things vague, there was an instance where the missing piece that I needed was a smallish object on the ground that I didn't realize I could pick up until it was highlighted as I stumbled over it. Another case left me unsure where to go when a small drop in water level opened up a new path that wasn't sufficiently obvious.

Clocking in at five hours for a thorough, 100% completion playthrough, this game's biggest weakness is that the journey ends too soon. I switched from the Redux version to the original for a second time through and this time finished everything in 110 minutes. I noticed little difference between the two versions. No change in the story or puzzles and the visuals were about the same. The save system in Redux is superior and the default camera movement controls were also preferable in Redux. Unfortunately, with the mysteries of the story unraveled, my second go-round lost much of the magic. There isn't much replay value here unless you just want to look at the scenery, which may very well be worthwhile in VR, but I can't comment on that from personal experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
I haven't finished this game yet (though I do like what happened so far), but it deserves a big thumb up for the graphics alone. They're breathtaking.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
No doubt this is a great gaming experience and I hope we'll see more of these.

That said it its far from perfect, perhaps it lacks some content, that is, it's a little short if you're paying full price. The finale also leaves you feeling a little disapointed, although in part due to the way it pulls you into the story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Amazing graphics (ran smoothly with max. settings on Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M) and perfect soundtrack - this game is really immersive and if I had an Oculus Rift I would really love to try it with this game. I played this in ~6.5hrs without trying to break any speed records... which might be considered short regarding the price.
It took me while to fully understand the main characters special ability and how to use it - not sure if it was just me being too stupid or if a little tutorial in the beginning would be called for.
I liked the puzzles which I think could be a bit more complex - but on the other hand more straight forward puzzles can avoid a lot of frustration for the players and difficulty is a very subjective thing...
The story is great and in the end everything suddenly made some sense - even though a lot of players won't like the ending.
If there was a sequel - I'd get it immediately. (9/10)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
This game is beautiful. The Graphics are Immersive! there is almost 0 Gameplay except some minor puzzles but that doesnt matter. not only once you will stop with your Jaw dropped. Next is the story and it is just Mind Blowing. its intense and sad, the ending is also great. I can recommend it completely if you are into Mystery first person exploration games.
If you ask yourself if you want to play the Redux or the first version of this Game, let me say the Redux version gains you double the FPS on Max settings and doesnt loose that much Visuals. for more Informations, check out my Benchmark comparison: https://youtu.be/epm7N79ghfk
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This game, while frustrating at times, is gorgeous visually, and the story is impeccable. A must play for any and everyone.
10/10 Well Done. That Ending....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Paul Prospero, a detective with paranormal abilities, receives a curious fan letter from Ethan Carter, a young boy who is disturbingly aware of the supernatural. Ethan's letter brings Paul to the fictional Red Creek Valley, where Ethan's family resides. Already aware that Ethan is missing, Paul begins to explore Red Creek Valley and investigate its dark secrets...

The previous introduction to the story was copied and pasted from the game's wikipedia page since it compresses the story nicely. In my opinion the story was absolutely intriguing from start to finish. It kept me interested and wanting more. During the game you can see how it was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. That fact gave me some nice cold shivers. The game left me with wanting more after the 4 hour long adventure. Even though 4 hours is a short time for a game, I think it was worth every second of it.

The introduction should also give you an idea about what you are doing in this game. You investigate the happenings of Red Creek Valley to hopefully find the missing boy, Ethan Carter. The gameplay itself is pretty straightforward. You have to find missing objects and return them to where they originally were to reveal visions from the past. These visions will tell you what happened at certain places. That is the gameplay in a nutshell and it is actually very relaxing. At least most of the time.

This is where the game really surprised me. The graphics and the soundtrack. The game has some unbelievably gorgeous sceneries and buildings that look very unique and realistic. You can't just walk past them without staring for a moment or two. The soundtrack contains some well made music that will have you relaxed and sometimes on the edge of your seat.

Nutshell

Gameplay: 7/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sounds and music: 8/10
Performance: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Conclusion

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a short yet an extraordinary game that will impress you with its graphics and enthrall you with an interesting story. I was eager to keep on going and I could've completed the game on one go, but I had other things to do. So if you are looking for a good story, graphics and soundtrack then this is the game for you. I just hope that the developers (The Astronauts) are planning on making more games like this. I bought this game from the summer sale of 2015. I feel like I robbed the damn studio.

9/10

"An adventure unlike any other"

Please let me know if I missed anything. You are also free to give me your own opinions! :)

Thank you
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
This game is super atmospheric and the plot is really gripping
From what I can tell so far anyways
I haven't played much cuz I'm a wimp and I get scared.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Amazing game, didnt expect much when I started. Got one of the best gaming experiences of my life.
10/10
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
NOTE! I've played the Redux version.

Audio9/10
Graphics9/10
Gameplay7/10
Story7.5/10
Time to beat3hrs
Summary
8/10

PROS
  • Amazing graphics
  • Really good audio. Music and all of the enviromenta sounds are great.
  • Pretty good localization and dubbing.
  • Immersion at its highest level.
  • Visual effects
  • Game gives you freedom. You are on your own.
  • Decent story with little twist at the end.

CONS
  • Characters' animations are noticably worse than any other aspect of the game.
  • It is sometimes hard to think up what are you supposed to do.
  • Voice with mouth movement is poorly synchronized at least in polish localization.

STORY
You play as a detective on his last case. You're investingating "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter". Througout your case you find several murders. All of them of Ethan's family. You are trying to solve each of them. On your way you're finding Ethan's stories. When you finally find the vanished one it appears that all of that was just a creation of his imagination. You are the creation as well.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
So you CAN have fun without shooting anybody! Who knew?
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I personally was disappointed in this game. Another example how the masses love something that if you are looking for unique experiences you should not follow the masses... The game has got gorgeous visuals and atmosphere and some unique style gameplay elements and storytelling but the cake is only pretty on the outside, for me at least. There is a buildup of tension and atmosphere here towards a 'great' mystery which halfway starts to turn into as inspiring as the dev. teams previous games; the painkiller series.. Sure if you find Star Wars the force awakens or the rebooted Star Trek franchises 'inspiring' then I'm willing to bet you be wondering what's my problem with this game as for you it's got very unique and lovely way of being. But if you are not the person who accepts the norm as default and sometimes, just to break the mundane that we so often enjoy otherwise, you wish to try something truly different, you will not in my opinion find it here other than by presentation. The beginning is great though as you are given a taste of something that seems like it's going to turn out different than what we've seen before. This game is short too.. If Alan Wake had these graphics and sounds, it would trump all over this one, despite not being that original in itself either. Still that is a more balanced experience over this one in my opinion. This game had sooo much potential, wish they had followed it through.

Having said that, Don't take just my word for it. It's a matter of personality and opinion which are as diverse as mankind itself. There are different ways of interpreting this game and the point that there is that room for interpretation should at least be applauded for.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
The story is too far-fetched. Ghosts and demons and portals, that's all fine. But 7:00 PM on an autumn evening in Wisconsin and there's still THAT much daylight? Puh-lease.

Buy this game. There are pretty trees. And simulated walking definitely beats the real thing.

666/10
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
Amazing game.

If your pc is good enough to run this, it will be super amazing! its the perfect game for taking screenshots!
If you are like me (a guy who loves photography) I can totally recommend you getting this! Its just a charm to walk around in this game, Its so beutiful!!

The story is also good and the game also plays good with a controller.

Nothing to complain about here, an excellent game for people who enjoys photography!
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Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
the vanishing of ethan breadberry
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
In the end you will be disappointed.

I don't know where to start on this one. I remember some early marketing describing greatness of the game, telling that the game location's are based on existing ones. And that the story and the gameplay is nothing more and nothing less but eerie fairy tale everyone should experience. I had my hopes quite high, I bloody adore adventure games. But eh, it's not that simple with this one. And I'm not one of these who drool over 60FPS and 4K somethin' stuff.

I pay more attention to the story, it's the most important part of adventure game. It needs to keep you going, to keep you engaged, so you want to solve yet another puzzle and push things forward. Well, Vanishing of Ethan Carter does fail here - the story starts interesting and the fact that you aren't meant to meet anyone on your way to solve the riddle leaves you up with your thoughts. You keep wondering what exactly happened there, in Red Creek Valley, and eventually you are disappointed. Because the ending is cliché as hell.
It's worth playing once, but this is not a tale you will remember. A rather short, 4 hours movie.

On the other hand - grahpics are really good. I can't help but think that this is a bit of waste, considering how amazing would it be to implement them into some full size RPG game. I mean - this is the world you want to discover and explore - but there is not much to do. It's a bit linear game with great atmosphere. But that's all.

My final rating? - 6/10

+ Falling leaves.
+ Easy and short. May be perfect for people who prefer 'tell-a-tale' games.

- The story. Why Ethan, why?
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Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Would I recommend this game to you? Thats depends on what typ of game you are looking for. If you are looking for a puzzel game, I wouldnt recommend the game but if you are looking for a good story I would
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter is a very short detective style walking simulator with some supernatural bits and strong narrative story emphasis.

I have mixed feelings about this game, let's get into the nitty gritty...

First off, the graphics - especially for the time that this game came out - are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen in the game. Gorgous Unreal Engine textures and lighting make this game stand out from the crowd. It's a beauty to look at and fun to take screenshots of this game.

The sound is nice, very immersive, you get all the haunting sounds of the woods, things breaking and a decent soundtrack as well. The narrative tone of the main character is dark and eerie bringing a sense of anxiety to the game even though the overall atmosphere of the environment is calm and peaceful. It's a nice contrast.

The gameplay is a no holding hands experience, you are free to play at your own pace, you have to solve this hige puzzle by yourself as you search for clues scattered about. As you find more clues, you progress through the story getting that much closer to your goal (finding out what happened to Ethan Carter.

The controls? They're pretty much what you want and need for this game. You move and then have 2 buttons for sprinting and interacting.

The story? Very average, what starts off like a good detective bit only evolves to a messy and sloppy story. That's the sad part as the story is supposed to be the no.1 thing for this kind of game.

I cannot recommend this game to anyone because the story is sub-par, the game doesn't offer anything that we haven't already seen. My review is late so there's alot of walking simulators like this on the market that do one thing or another better than this game. Overall, unoriginal and uninspired, just a lack of interesting things and only really good for one playthrough realistically.

Truly amazing graphics though...
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